Pete Lessler, AKA Colorado Pete, put this in the comments of my recent post on focused practice. I thought it was good enough advice that I wanted to capture it permanently as its own post. The conversation centered around my thoughts that I haven’t been approaching my practice sessions as effectively as I could. Pete’s advice was to log every shot in as much detail as I could.
Be aware of, and try to record, things like the following:
Exactly how you built your position;
Exactly how you used your sling – where on your arm and how tight;
Exactly how well you got your NPOA on target;
How relaxed vs. tense you were, and in what muscles, and why;
How big your wobble zone is;
The state of your breathing (slow, fast, deep, shallow);
How your trigger action felt (forced vs. easy, quick vs. slow);
How well your trigger action was coordinated with your breathing;
If you saw your sight lift in recoil;
If you saw your sight recover from recoil;
Where the sight recovered to rest vs. your desired aiming point;
If your eye stayed focused on the front sight throughout this entire cycle;
If your mind was relaxed and focused on only the minimum actions required to fire the shot;
If you had other mental or physical distractions during the act of firing the shot.
Try to track all of this, every shot. The devil is in these details.
That’s quite a list, and definitely means that my usual method of loading five shots, taking position and firing a string is going to take a back seat. This level of mindfulness is something I’ve just never worked with before. But, if I am to break the plateau that I’ve been on, this is the level of detail that will help me look for trends and patterns.